Terra Wraps Last SoFi Residential Development

November 18, 2015   |   GlobeSt

MIAMI—Terra just wrapped up its first residential tower in Miami Beach during this commercial real estate cycle. Glass is an 18-story, luxury boutique building in the coveted South of Fifth neighborhood. The address: 120 Ocean Drive.

Glass is 10 stories tall and just steps away from the ocean. It’s named Glass because it’s an all-glass tower. It’s one of the first residential developments completed within the City of Miami Beach in nearly five years and the last high-rise to be built in South of Fifth due to zoning restrictions. Residents should begin moving into the sold-out tower this month.

“GLASS embodies Terra’s approach to responsible development that strengthens neighborhoods through innovative design and planning,” says Terra president David Martin. “We could have built up to 45 units on this site, but downscaled to only 10 units. Our belief that ‘less is more’ in real estate, coupled with the designs of Rene Gonzalez and Raymond Jungles, has delivered a stronger finished product and enhanced value for our residents and neighbors.”

Glass features a façade of patterned glass that appears to fade as it rises toward the sky. Architects worked off the natural landscape of sea, sand and sky that surrounds the building. The building’s entrance, for example, references the visual effects of waves meeting the shore and receding into the sand with the use of porous Coquina stone interspersed with blue Macauba quartzite.

The building’s first five floors house common areas, including the lobby, pool and gym. The resident's amenities deck features lounging and sunning areas, swimming pool, spa and lush landscaping. Personalized services include an onsite estate manager, pool and valet services, housekeeping and maintenance, 24-hour security, and a resident beach club with attendant service and 20 reserved umbrellas and chairs.

Terra’s next residential development, Eighty Seven Park, will rise a few miles to the north in Miami Beach’s North Beach neighborhood. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and featuring landscapes by West 8, the project will host 70 oceanfront residences next to a 35-acre public park.

Terra’s next residential development, Eighty Seven Park, will rise a few miles to the north in Miami Beach’s North Beach neighborhood. Designed by Pritzker Prize-winning architect Renzo Piano and featuring landscapes by West 8, the project will host 70 oceanfront residences next to a 35-acre public park.

Sophisticated design and planning can transform entire neighborhoods, and we’re seeing this trend unfold in South Florida,” Martin tells GlobeSt.com. “Terra is working with some of the top architects from South Florida and around the world, and in every instance we are planning projects and creating designs that complement our surroundings.”

The Rem Koolhaas-designed Park Grove and the sold-out Bjarke Ingels-designed Grove at grand Bay towers in Coconut Grove, along with Modern and neovita in Doral; and a master-planned community in Weston designed by archtiects Chad Oppenheim and Roney J. Mateu called Botaniko Weston are among the other Terra projects underway. Click here to learn more about the company’s approach.